Charles "Chuck" Yeager was born on February 13, 1923, to farming parents Susie Mae and Albert Hal Yeager in Myra, West Virginia. He appeared on the census of 4 April 1930 in the home of his parents at Hamlin, Lincoln County, West Virginia. The family was living in 1940 in Hamlin as well. He graduated from high school in Hamlin, West Virginia, in June 1941. Yeager enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) on September 12, 1941, and became an aircraft mechanic at George Air Force Base, Victorville, California.
Yeager remained in the Air Force after the war, becoming a test pilot at Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base, California). The USAAF selected Yeager to fly the rocket-powered Bell XS-1 in a NACA program to research high-speed flight. He called the X-1 Glamorous Glennis in honor of his wife.
He married Victoria Scott D'Angelo in August 2003.
Chuck Yeager is not related to Jeana Yeager, one of the two pilots of the Rutan Voyager aircraft, which circled the world without landing or refueling. Steven Wayne Yeager, a professional baseball player, is a nephew.
Yeager passed away on 7 Dec 2020 at the age of 97. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Hamlin, Lincoln, West Virginia
Hamlin, Lincoln, West Virginia.
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